Top tips on how sonographers can avoid MSK disorders

By staff writers

October 28, 2022 -- The U.K. Society of Radiographers (SoR) has released practical advice on how sonographers can reduce the risk of pain and discomfort from work-related musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders.

A statement from Gill Harrison, society professional officer for ultrasound, includes offering and engaging with training, risk assessments, and safe use of equipment.

Harrison give the following tips:

  • Face the monitor to reduce spinal rotation.
  • Keep your scanning arm humerus vertical, with no posterior extension.
  • Keep your scanning forearm horizontal.
  • Have all fingers on the probe. Don't grip tightly and don't push unless absolutely necessary to the clinical examination.
  • Take microbreaks during the scan to relax the muscles and tendons.
  • Do dynamic warm up exercises before scanning and stretching between cases and lists.
  • Be body aware. If you have any symptoms of work-related musculoskeletal disorders, change your position or technique. If all else fails, get advice from occupational health, a physio, or ergonomic specialist. Don't ignore it.

Further details are available on the SoR website.

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